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August 28, 2008

Vol 6 • No 33

Hillary!

She even made MSNBC commentators happy. Heckuva speech.

Banker's Blues

The slow-motion collapse of the U.S. banking industry continues, and the little guys -- as always -- are the ones getting shafted.

Hillary releases delegates

There will be no big drama in the roll call. Again, no surprise.

DNC: Take a deep breath UPDATE

They've only just sung the National Anthem for tonight's episode of the Democratic National Convention and I'm already pulling my hair out.

Hardin to resign?

We just heard from a UCA faculty member who says that UCA President Lu Hardin has decided to resign on a $1 million buyout.

Suffer the children

Big news is breaking tonight. But there's no bigger news than the state's failure to look after children.

Our boy Bill

"Superb speech, superbly delivered." So says Keith.

What's cooking, Aug. 28

Last week, we reported that Sims BBQ had applied to the Capital Zoning District Commission for a conditional use permit for 2415 S. Broadway, a location not a mile away from the original Sims on 33rd Street.

To-do list, Aug. 28

Black Stone Cherry, The Itals, Rodney Block, Saving Jane, 'Who Killed the Electric Car', Grand Seranade/The Nobility/Isaac Alexander, Doc Watson and Guitar Shorty are entertainment considerations for this week.

Reliable sources

More on that $57,000 expense account the University of Central Arkansas Foundation set up for President Lu Hardin:

In brief, Aug. 28

Conway blues-rock band Anxiety shakes it on down at White Water, 9 p.m., $5.

Teen-age wasteland

Teen-agers, take note: The documentary “American Teen” and its depiction of the solipsistic, narcissistic, vacuum-sealed culture of the senior class of 2006 in Warsaw, Ind., won’t inspire anyone over the age of 22 to pine for the 12th grade.

This modern world, Aug. 28

Butt out, teachers

Students, like adults, have rights, and high among them is the right not to be badgered about their religious beliefs, or lack thereof.

Counting houses

Our time in the doublewide overlapped by a few weeks the time we lived in the singlewide that blew off in the tornado, never to be seen Naugahyde nor hair of again.

AUG. 20-26, 2008

It was a GOOD week for … POLICE WORK. More than two years after Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer was killed in her Russellville apartment, and a year after her boyfriend was tried and acquitted, another man, Gary Dunn of Dover, was charged with capit

Words, Aug. 28

The Olympics are good for teaching us new words.

The Observer, Aug. 28

On Saturday, Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives were in the house — the legislative chamber in the Old State House.

Tour de Rock

Friday will mark the second (or third, depending on who you talk to) “first ever” Critical Mass bike ride through downtown Little Rock.

Smart talk, Aug. 28

Last week, inspection of UCA Foundation records showed that UCA President Lu Hardin has used his presidential discretionary fund financed by the Foundation to lavish gifts — gift baskets, flowers, hams, for example — on the board members who keep him empl

Sweet Lemon

It takes some daring to open a restaurant with a menu restricted to crepes, coffee and fancy waters — including cucumber water — in a place fairly distant from the Left Bank.

Orval, Aug. 28

Shale needs study

The League of Women Voters of Arkansas committed to study gas drilling in the Fayetteville Shale Play in order to have an informed understanding of Arkansas’s transforming phenomenon.

Kenny Loggins

Movies have been good to Kenny Loggins.

A & E news, Aug. 28

Word around the Little Rock fashion community is that “Project Runway” contestant and Mabelvale resident Korto Momolu has been steadily buying fabric in recent weeks, leading to speculation that she’s readying for Fashion Week in New York, Sept. 5-12, whe

Screen test

V.L. Cox, or Lynette Cox, and Lam Tze Sheung, or Laura Carenbauer, have never met.

Back to school, back to the future and other news from the Hill

Fall in Fayetteville would be decidedly unwelcome if Razorback football weren’t just around the corner.

Lottery benefits

Warren Stephens gave $50,000 for the campaign to convince us to vote for a state lottery to pay for college scholarships.

Editorial cartoon, Aug. 28

‘Southern Baptist Sissies’

Del Shores’ play about four young boys who grapple with being gay and Southern Baptist at the same time drew a sold out crowd and a few tears Saturday night to the Weekend Theater.

Bye-bye, Wild Oats

It’s been awhile since I knew with any certainty what to call the organic/natural foods grocery store at 10700 N. Rodney Parham. Wild Oats? Whole Foods? Closed?

Why Hardin must go

Let me begin by saying that I feel sorry for Lu Hardin.

Sideshow Tramps

Six-inch stage? PBR loyalists? The rustic cocktail of cigarette smoke and mildewed wood? A canoe wrapped in Christmas lights? You’re at White Water!

A shrewd choice

Who can foretell how it will come out, but at this point Sen. Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. Joe Biden is the shrewdest pick of a running mate in 50 years.

Medicine's masters

It's no medical miracle, the Arkansas Times' Best Doctors list for 2008. Nearly 500 physicians helped us put it together, in response to our questionnaire, mailed and on-line. Vote totals earned 331 doctors a place on the list, one of the broadest the Ti

Smokin'

The Smoking Gun website has the rather dirty dirt on a Fort Smith employment agency robbery that was reported to police last Friday.

Things I Should Have Know But Didn't: Part 1435 -- Felons Are Eligible To Vote In Arkansas

I thought convicted felons could not vote in Arkansas.  That is not true. Once a felon has completed his parole, he has "discharged his sentence" and is again eligible to vote. 

Top otolaryngologist

Little Rock otolaryngologist Graves Hearnsberger, 49, loves what he does — sinus, thyroid and other surgeries as well as his regular ear, nose and throat practice — because he can make people well.

Law lets DHS stall

Four children assigned to foster parents by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) have died in recent months — a shocking number for a state that hasn’t had a foster-child death since 2003.

The providers’ perspective

In 1995, most doctors responding to the Arkansas Times first Best Doctors questionnaire said they disapproved of single-payer health plans, like those in Canada and Great Britain.

Child psychiatrist

Dr. Richard Livingston uses the analogy of a slot machine to describe why some children — even toddlers — need suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety: Combine a genetic disposition with difficulties in and outside the home and three lemons

Geriatrician (tie with Ann Riggs)

David Lipschitz had been associated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences since 1978, so when he announced this summer that he’d be joining the staff of St. Vincent Health Center, jaws dropped.

Top hand surgeon (a tie with Thomas Frazier)

Some doctors go kicking and screaming into an interview with the Arkansas Times.

Top gastroenterologist

So many doctors enter the medical profession on the heels of their parents.

Geriatrician (tie with David Lipschitz)

Ann Riggs, a geriatrician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, did what no doctor has ever done in a Times survey.

UAMS: Mindful of a new need

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is adding to its eye, spine, the elderly and cancer focuses an emphasis on the mind.

Deconstructing Biden

Joe Biden's choice as vice president mostly illustrates Obama's weaknesses. It also does little for vote totals.

Feeling the pinch

Belatedly, I note that the Morning News in Springdale is dropping its free-standing business section and making other trims in the size of the paper.

LUCA today

Nobody advances David Koon's reporting re a faculty source's tip that the UCA Board today will buy out the four years remaining on President Lu Hardin's contract, which pays about $253,000 a year.

Thursday To-Do: Black Stone Cherry

BLACK STONE CHERRY5:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheater. Free.On their way to becoming Central Arkansas regulars, Kentucky's Black Stone Cherry return to play Music in the Park, the Riverfest Amphitheater free concert series that Chesapeake Energy, your friendly neighborhood natural gas driller, is bankrolling.

The Denver One

ABC News has a story and unbelievable video of cigar-chomping police tossing a producer off a public sidewalk in Denver after the Brown Palace Hotel complained about the crew. ABC says the producer was with a crew filming senators and lobbyists emerging from a private meeting; they're working on a story on the influence of big money at the Democratic National Convention.

The Anti-adoption Amendment -- Full Text

Here is the full text of the amendment put on the ballot this week, and will be voted on in November unless successfully challenged in court,  that will prevent co-habitating adults from being foster parents or adopting.  To be clear, it means if you are in a sexual relationship with someone not your spouse and they live in your home - you cannot be a foster parent or adopt a child.

It's official: Hardin resigns

UCA President Lu Hardin announced his resignation to the university board of trustees about 10 minutes ago, David Koon reports from Conway.

Q&A: Jim Harris

With the dawn of a new era in Razorback football a mere 48 hours away, we thought it would be a good time to chat with a true Hog expert: ArkansasSports360.com editor Jim Harris.

Another school lockdown

This time it's in Faulkner County, and the Secret Service is involved. They're looking for a man who ran from agents after agents approached to to talk to him about his interest in Chelsea Clinton.

Rehearing in shackling case

Shawanna Nelson, the woman who is suing the Arkansas Department of Corrections over its policy of shackling women during childbirth, is going to get a rehearing in her case by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A note from the guv

The governor himself is being feted by lobbyists in Denver, if sharp-eyed readers are correct.

Open line

Fire away.

Medicine’s masters

It’s no medical miracle, the Arkansas Times’ Best Doctors list for 2008.

Bruised and battered

On the evening of July 20, a concerned aunt drove her 26-month-old nephew to a Department of Human Services office in Little Rock to show caseworkers the bruises on his buttocks and back. The child had been spending the night at his aunt's when she change

Hardin resigns

The Arkansas Blog is your source for continuing coverage and analysis of the resignation of UCA President Lu Hardin. Also, see the full resignation speech in our video player below.

Veep not Huck

Some overheated reporting last night prompted Mike Huckabee to issue an e-mail saying he would not be John McCain's vice presidential choice and had never expected to be.UPDATE: Indecision '08 weighs in: Although he did not win, Huckabee made history by proving that a white, male, music-playing, food-obsessed governor from Hope, Arkansas could make a serious run for the presidency.

Arkobama

Arkansas delegates to the Democratic National Convention head home pumped for the nominee. Can the state be swung into his column?

River Market hotel?

The D-G reports today that publisher Walter Hussman has struck a deal to sell land at Markham and Commerce (directly across the street from the River Market) for a hotel, reportedly to rise seven stories.

Nix on the commodore

Says here that NLR police and firefighters have endorsed Bubba Lloyd over incumbent Mayor Pat Hays.

Hardin resigns -- Harding corrects

UCA board of trustees member Rush Harding III phones to say that -- contrary to what he told us yesterday -- ex-UCA president Lu Hardin would indeed remain an employee of the university for the duration of the one year "sabbatical" mentioned in the board's statement on the terms of his severance package.

Hardin resigns -- Harding corrects

UCA board of trustees member Rush Harding III phones to say that -- contrary to what he told us yesterday -- ex-UCA president Lu Hardin would indeed remain an employee of the university for the duration of the one year "sabbatical" mentioned in the board's statement on the terms of his severance package.

Friday To-Do: Reel Stories: 'Who Killed the Electric Car'

REEL STORIES: ‘WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR'7 p.m., Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain. $10.The Rockefeller Institute's film series returns with a recent documentary that examines the origins and demise of the GM EV1, the first modern electric car.

Friday To-Do: Saving Jane

SAVING JANE9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.You might remember Saving Jane from a few years back.

Friday To-Do: Rodney Block

RODNEY BLOCK9 p.m., the Afterthought. $7.

Friday To-Do: Itals

THE ITALS9 p.m., Revolution. $10.

The Weekend: Damn Bullets, Big Silver, Spin Doctors and the Hogs

Busey as Buddy. FRIDAY 8/29Fresh from performing at the Democratic national convention, Chris Denny and the Old Soles perform at Sticky Fingerz with old-time rabble rousers Damn Bullets at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $6.

NPR Story: Arkansas Fiddlers

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94076332&ft=1&f=2   In Arkansas, Fiddlers Try To Preserve Local Tunes by David Greene  

It's a woman

  CNN says McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Is he looking for Hillary votes?

It's a woman

  CNN says McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Is he looking for Hillary votes?

Weekend To-Dos: Grand Serenade and co., Doc Watson and Guitar Shorty

Grand Serenade. GRAND SERENADE/ THE NOBILITY/ ISAAC ALEXANDER8:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

Opposition Research: Western Illinois

Last year we gave you "Five Reasons to Hate" the Razorbacks' upcoming football opponent each week.

Creative accounting

Future wheeler-dealers in high finance should consider enrolling at Arkansas State, judging by the funny business they used to reduce President Les Wyatt's compensation package sufficiently to drop him from the most richly paid college leader in Ark. Case in point: It turns out that Wyatt has use of a spread at Mallard Point near Mountain Home, donated to ASU in 1985 by the McAdams family.

Creative accounting

Future wheeler-dealers in high finance should consider enrolling at Arkansas State, judging by the funny business they used to reduce President Les Wyatt's compensation package sufficiently to drop him from the most richly paid college leader in Ark. Case in point: It turns out that Wyatt has use of a spread at Mallard Point near Mountain Home, donated to ASU in 1985 by the McAdams family.

Art search

A news release rolled in this afternoon that says a New York museum is looking for the painting on which this Goo Goo Dolls album cover was based.

Party on!

You know, what UCA needs in the post-Lu era is an administrator who really knows how to cut loose and have fun -- who can talk to the students on their level.Note to the Board of Trustees: we're thinking that this guy would be perfect for the job.

Dillard's buys out CDI

Arkansas Business is reporting that Dillard's Inc. has bought the 50 percent interest in CDI Contractors formerly held by the family of the late Bill Clark, making it the sole owner of the company.

Behind the scenes

Last night, the governor's office issued a response to comments made on the Arkansas Blog taking Gov. Beebe to task for the lack of public accountability in the state agency in charge of taking care of abused children, which will not release information about four kids who've died in foster care over the summer.

Behind the scenes

Last night, the governor's office issued a response to comments made on the Arkansas Blog taking Gov. Beebe to task for the lack of public accountability in the state agency in charge of taking care of abused children, which will not release information about four kids who've died in foster care over the summer.

Yep, she passes the test

Thanks to Bill for the link to an Alaska newspaper that shows the Republican vice presidential nominee is a believer in teaching "creation science."

How about an open line?

OK then.

Consider and discuss . . .

Sarah Palin is to American women what Clarence Thomas is to African-Americans.

Better safe

Little Rock National Airport says it will be busy today with military flights bringing medical evacuees from Louisiana in advance of a potential hurricane strike.

Repubs on Palin choice

Arkansas Republicans react to the choice of Sarah Palin somewhat like I would do in attempting to be polite about a friend's odd choice of restaurant/vacation destination/etc.Umm.

Drilling in wildlife refuges

Joe Mosby of Stephens Media provides a checklist of all the ways that the Game and Fish Commission will have some oversight over the coming gas drilling on its wildlife refuges.

Who said it . . .

A blog reader last evening reported hearing someone connected to the state Republican Party describe McThuselah's running mate as a "man's woman."Actually, it was state GOP Chairman Dennis (What We Need Is Another 9/11) Milligan who let his testosterone write a check his ass can't cash with the "man's woman" slip.He probably speaks for 98% of the Cheney worshippers with that assessment of Palin's qualifications.

Behind the choice

Politico offers six reasons McThusaleh picked the Alaskan:

Clintons boost Obama?

Andrew DeMillo's weekly column suggests the full support given Obama by the Clintons could help the candidate in Arkansas.

Open line

I navigated Boston without a wreck, dropping my son at South Station for a bus back to New York and my car at the rental drop.

Clueless

ABC News will air a report Sunday in which Cindy McCain says she's "offended by Barack Obama" and others who've criticized her husband for not knowing how many houses he owned.

And the Scripture says-uh . . .

God told Enoch to name the baby Methusaleh. And in the Hebrew 'Methusaleh' means, "when he is dead it shall come."

Bullet Dodged

Arkansas - 28, Western Illinois - 24. Yikes.

Brummett goes to school

In politics, at UA, with a (the?) master -- David Pryor.

Economic development, TIF style

This beats all. The no-show hotel in Fayetteville -- subsidized by local taxpayers with school tax money -- is proposed as a site for a parking lot.

What is the sound of 5,000 Repubs clapping?

That would be response to the news that the worst. president.

A state of scofflaws

Add the campus smoking ban to the alcohol ban as being among the rules ignored when it's Razorback football time in Fayetteville.

Ma-in-law not sure on SP

The New York Daily News is quoting Sarah Palin's mother-in-law as less than certain about this veep stuff:

Open line

Have at it. Guess what I"ve found?

Palin's problems

The blogs are beginning to hum with a story that claims to demonstrate the shaky judgment of McCain's recent pick for VP, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The POW card

Brummett: When the questioning gets tough -- such as on the sticky question of John McCain's housing inventory -- he will pull out the POW trump card, no matter how little connection it has to the issue.

Huckabee the spoiler

Tom Tancredo is still steamed at Mike Huckabee for torpedoing Mitt Romney. He figures Huck saved the day for McCain.

Palin speech edited

After the first round boos, Sarah Palin has dropped her warm reference to Hillary Clinton. Also re Palin: Meet her pastors. No wonder James Dobson is thrilled about her place on the ticket.

FEMA and Gustav

Paul Krugman, writing about Republican posturing in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, notes a central fact -- FEMA is still but a shadow of the efficient, successful agency it was under the Clinton administration.

Every picture tells a story

Like the John Edwards girlfriend, this Internet story (already mentioned by readers and an earlier blog post) doesn't seem likely to go away.

A Near Death Experience

Perhaps it's appropriate that I was at a watering hole called Six Feet Under when I first heard a score from the Western Illinois game.

A-maze-ing

I've been catching up on everything except blogging today. Sorry for the laziness.

Marketing Arkansas

Brummett figures the way to improve Arkansas's low regard among potential tourists is not a high-dollar campaign to promote the state in general, but to promote specific places.

Voting your self-interest

Unless you're a billionaire, it's a fact that Democratic administrations are better for you. The stark contrast between the whiz-bang Clinton years and the dreary Bush years is familiar because it is so recent.

Huckabee defends Palin

In a Fox interview, Mike Huckabee defends Sarah Palin as more qualified for executive leadership than Barack Obama.

Telephone TV

It's been a long time coming, but Talk Business reports that AT&T is about to roll out its TV-by-phone-line service in the Little Rock metro area.

Will Palin survive?

She may be this year's Eagleton. Not because her daughter is pregnant  but because of Repblican-led focus groups like this one.

Will Palin survive?

She may be this year's Eagleton. Not because her daughter is pregnant  but because of Repblican-led focus groups like this one.

Shaleworld

There will soon be a new player in the Arkansas shale game. Energy giant BP announced today that they're buying a 25 percent stake in Chesapeake Energy's Fayetteville Shale operations for $1.9 billion.

Echoes of the Nebo chicken fry

The farm catfish lobby and an alliance that promotes Southern food is putting on a catfish fry in conjunction with the presidential debate Sept. 26 in Oxford, Miss. There's an Arkansas angle.

Court pick coming UPDATE

Gov. Mike Beebe will announce today his appointment to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Tom Glaze's retirement before the end of his current term.

A blast from the past

Speaking of unwed mothers: Remember Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown?

The future is on patrol

Anyone else noticed the steady rise in downtown police riding Segways?  Years ago, when the Segway first debuted, and was billed as a transport that would revolutionize the postal service and geriatric mobility, I worked for a gadget lover, who was one of the first to own one of the gizmos.

The next v.p.

Idle thoughts: I know solid Republicans who believe Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be vice president and who say they never expected her choice by John McCain to survive.

The Hurricane

Though it looks like much of South Louisiana dodged a bullet when Hurricane Gustav weakened considerably just before landfall, the mass exodus from the area has had its own consequences.

On second thought: Issues, schmissues

UPDATE: My betters have convinced me that my use of some joke photos of Sarah Palin to illustrate the following quote fell short as satire. My point was that, as the campaign indicates, issues don't matter.

On second thought: Issues, schmissues

UPDATE: My betters have convinced me that my use of some joke photos of Sarah Palin to illustrate the following quote fell short as satire. My point was that, as the campaign indicates, issues don't matter.

Welcome to Ark.

There's been a broad power outage in western Little Rock today. As luck has it, one of the places hit was a church providing shelter to Hurricane Gustav evacuees.

Tuesday: Riverboat Crime, Har Meggido and not too much more

Riverboat Crime. At White Water, a return to those weirdo Tuesday night line-ups!

Palin's Arkansas roots

A reader provides an interesting tidbit on an Arkansas connection in a church Sarah Palin has supported in Anchorage, a conservative congregation that has already been mentioned in her coverage and by blog readers.

Palin's Arkansas roots

A reader provides an interesting tidbit on an Arkansas connection in a church Sarah Palin has supported in Anchorage, a conservative congregation that has already been mentioned in her coverage and by blog readers.

Starving Artist Cafe Reopens

The Starving Artist Café reopened today in their new location on Main Street in Argenta.  Considering it was their first day back in full operation and the weather was hideous, they had a fairly full house at lunch and the service was fast and friendly.

1st Amendment rules in Watson Chapel

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed today that Watson Chapel schools had violated student's rights by disciplining them for wearing black armbands in protest of school enforcement of dress codes.

1st Amendment rules in Watson Chapel

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed today that Watson Chapel schools had violated student's rights by disciplining them for wearing black armbands in protest of school enforcement of dress codes.

SEC Power Poll: Week 1

As noted earlier, we've been invited to join the elite squad of bloggers who come together each week to rank the SEC's football teams (don't even get us started on the top-secret induction ritual).

Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend.

My dachshund, Rusty, will be nine this Thursday. I've had him since he was a puppy.

Open line

Watching the Republican convention on TV? So is the nominal president.

To-do list, Sept. 4

Ludo, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Genine Perez, Lord T & Eloise, Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Black Top Boogie and Jump Back Jake are among this week's options.

What’s happening in September

Readings and book-signings at Arkansas bookstores.

What we're reading, Sept. 4

Top sellers from WordsWorth, That Bookstore at Mountbanq Place and That Bookstore at Blytheville.

McCord on GOP

Readers inquire from time to time about Robert McCord, the veteran newspaperman who wrote a weekly column for the Arkansas Times for 15 years and provided other valuable assistance to our successful navigation of a sometimes difficult industry.

In re: Sarah Palin photos

This real one perhaps makes a better statement than the photoshop efforts. A tendency toward tackiness is one thing.

'Hookers and Blow'

A band by that name was part of the entertainment as lobbyists and Republicans -- hurricane or no hurricane -- partied down in St. Paul.

Scholarship spending: too high?

Interesting story from Stephens Media this morning in which the Higher Ed Department says it may ask the legislature to limit colleges' spending on merit scholarships.

The downside of neighborliness

Entergy, which is responding to hurricane-related needs in Louisiana, finds itself stretched thin to meet a growing number of outages in rain-drenched Arkansas.

The downside of neighborliness

Entergy, which is responding to hurricane-related needs in Louisiana, finds itself stretched thin to meet a growing number of outages in rain-drenched Arkansas.

Fat and fit

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has released a report today on a need for sharpened priorities on the health of children.

Born to be mild

Huck rocks the Repubs. Link fixed, I think.

Former state auditor dies

Former state auditor and Arkansas adjutant general Jimmie "Red" Jones died Monday at age 88.

The money rolls in

The August state revenue report shows both net and gross intake well above last year and above the forecast.

The Continuing Baggy Pants Crisis: 1st Arrest

In an effort to stop the nationwide epidemic of young people wearing "baggy pants" one Florida town has said enough is enough to this horrible fashion trend.

John Pugh is not exactly making sex party music

Free Blood Little Rock native John Pugh is in the latest New York magazine for his post-!!!

Palin: McCain's weakness

For further good commentary on John McCain's pick of an abysmally qualified running mate, I turn to Ernie Dumas' column this week.

Vino's is all growed up

Wasn't it just yesterday that all the folks who border the flyer above played sweaty shows at Vino's?

OA in NOLA

The new Oxford American, out today, focuses on New Orleans. It was printed pre-Gustav, which really brings home the struggle of a quarterly magazine to stay contemporary.

Just because Noonan writes it ...

Amusing. One of our right-wing readers quoted Peggy Noonan at length on the wonderfulness of Sarah Palin.

Chrome, anyone?

So, Google, the company that is slowly but surely taking over the world, has released the beta version of their own web browser, called Chrome.  Check it out by going here:

Tonight: Willie's Nelson's daughter and a Michael Jackson tribute

Paula Nelson with her pa looking on. Famous for being Willie Nelson's daughter, Paula Nelson plays Texas blues rock at Sticky Fingerz, probably around 9 ish.At the Village, Who's Bad?

Tower Building emptied UPDATE

UPDATE: The fire noted below, and some attendant water damage in the building, will cause closure of the attorney general's office on Thursday, said spokesman Gabe Holmstrom.

Dewey, Sooam and Howe

Asa Hutchinson and son are planning an Arkansas law firm. Wonder whatever happened on that penny stock deal?

Dewey, Sooam and Howe

Asa Hutchinson and son are planning an Arkansas law firm. Wonder whatever happened on that penny stock deal?

Crime watch

The U.S. attorney has been busy today. Jane Duke announced: * The indictment of Craig Hagerty, 48 and his wife, Angela, 38, of Russeville on an eight-count tax evasion indicment.

Weather watch

By the way, there's flooding and downed limbs all over the place. The situations are all subject to change, of course, but here's a list KATV has compiled.

Big events, new releases, short reviews

Three book-related events stand out in early September.
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